A message from the President

Throughout my 42 years at Temple University, there has perhaps been no more exciting time than right now. Our ascendance has been marked by our elevation to the top tier of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and record-breaking achievements in enrollment and fundraising. We recently celebrated Temple University graduate and North Philadelphia native Hazim Hardeman becoming a Rhodes Scholar.

One important reason Temple is able to reach such great heights is our longstanding record of reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which affirms our unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and the university’s ability to meet rigorous standards.

As various university-wide committees begin the important work of achieving reaccreditation during our upcoming evaluation in 2019-2020, I invite you to familiarize yourself with the committee memberships, intended outcomes, timelines and study design.

In addition to attaining reaccreditation, these working groups seek to engage in an inclusive and transparent self-appraisal process; deepen Temple’s culture of assessment and continuous improvement; and establish recommendations to guide our university into the next decade.

When Executive Vice President and Provost JoAnne A. Epps and I met with our Middle States Steering Committee in January 2018 to kick off another self-study cycle, I saw many familiar faces with whom I have worked directly. These valued colleagues know and love our university and work every day to advance its mission.

I look forward to the outcomes of the Steering Committee’s work. I am confident that, through self-study, we will deepen our collective understanding of Temple’s strengths and opportunities for improvement so that we can continue to thrive in the years ahead, as well as demonstrate compliance with the Middle States Commission’s criteria for reaccreditation.

Richard M. Englert
President
Temple University